Home' A Plus Magazine : Oct 2012 Contents Work-life balance
38 October 2012
operations in Hong Kong. In the earlier of the
two cases we successfully brought prosecu-
tions against the people who were involved,"
Operations such as this put a huge strain
on the SPCA's resources, says Morris. In
this case, 140 dogs from the breeding farm
were not able to find new homes until after
legal proceedings were completed. "These
animals are evidence in the case against the
person who was running the farm," he says.
"We essentially had to look after the dogs
ourselves for about nine months."
To stop noise reaching the ears of neigh-
bours, the breeders cut the vocal cords of
many dogs so they couldn't bark. "It's quite
sad," says Morris.
However, the sorry tale is reaching a
happy ending. "Now by and large the dogs
are adopted," says Morris, who even adopt-
ed one of the puppies himself. The dog now
lives with his daughter in Vancouver.
The SPCA is known for its veterinary ser-
vice, adoption centres, dog-training sessions
and programmes such as Cat Colony Care,
which aims to reduce the number of stray
cats in communities by providing free neu-
tering surgery. But a large part of what the
society does, Morris says, focuses on educa-
tion -- particularly of children -- to encourage
responsible pet ownership and respect for
With the SPCA relying almost fully on
memberships and donations, Morris ensures
the charity steers away from anything that
would put their financial security at risk. "I'm
a bit like a non-executive director in a corpo-
rate sense," he says. "We have fully capable
accounting staff who actually work on a daily
basis there, but my job is to oversee that and
make sure that we are financially secure."
The skills Morris developed as a CPA have
better equipped him to be the charity's trea-
surer. But it is his sincere interest in some-
thing other than numbers that really quali-
fies him for the role. "I can ask what I hope
are sensible questions, and we can do bud-
gets," Morris says. "But aside from that you
also need to have an animal welfare interest,"
he says. "It's been a fantastic opportunity for
me to do something which I enjoy and also
provide some benefit to the greater society,
including the rest of the animal kingdom."
Six little pigs
While his colleagues may own dogs, cats and
the occasional rabbit, Norman Tsui's pets
set him apart. "They are gentle, they don't
"I can ask what I hope are sensible
questions, and we can do budgets. But
aside from that you also need to have an
animal welfare interest."
Rob Morris and
Coco (left) and Piggy
Links Archive Nov 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page